Every two years in November AGRITECHNICA, the world’s most prominent exhibition of agricultural machines and equipment opens its gates in Hanover for the farming community. The LAND.TECHNIK International Conference on Agricultural Engineering is the official opening event of biannual AGRITECHNICA. This years headline: Innovations in agricultural engineering for efficient farming. Conference date is the 10th -11th of November, venue the convention center at the fair area.
This year, LAND.TECHNIK will feature 75 technical presentations covering the newest developments and innovations in machines, technical concepts and agricultural methods. With over 1000 participants in 2015, LAND.TECHNIK has established itself as the premier forum for the international community of agricultural engineers. This also makes it the ideal opportunity to meet with experts from the fields of product design, management and science to exchange ideas and experiences as well as to discuss the future of agricultural engineering.
In reminiscence of the successfull cooperation two years ago, the Collaborative Workshop of ERA-Net ICT-AGRI and MANUFUTURE Sub-ETP Agricultural Engineering & Technologies AET takes again place as subevent under the auspices of the Land.TECHNIK AgEng conference.
Beneath you find background information regarding the collaborative MANUFUTURE and ICT-AGRI workshop. Attached to this article there is the invitation and the programme for the workshop.
In 2006 the community of agricultural engineering in Europe formulated for the very first time a common vision about agriculture and the driving engineering technologies. Manufuture AET was established as initiative of private companies and academics in Europe. This led to a number of research areas, which were presented as an implementation plan for the EU Commission as a basis for calls for tenders and were used as a basis for research calls in FP7 and Horizon 2020. Primarily, issues were selected that could be reconciled with the EU's research strategy. In the area of agricultural technology, this mainly involved topics from automation, robotization, precision farming and information and communication technologies. Themes such as efficiency initiative - sustainable agriculture, safe workplace 2025 / future AgHMIs, topics to sustainable animal production and topics to bioenergy and renewable materials were less well received in the EU calls for tenders. As a future task of the Manufuture AET, one can therefore infer that the strategies of the EU Commission and the future visions of the branch of agricultural technology have to be more harmonized. Other initiatives such as the ERA-Net ICT-AGRI and the PPP Robotics were developed, which pushed forward the idea of European cooperation in specific research areas, which also concerned agricultural engineering and technologies. This workshop is intended to relaunch the discussion on research topics. The trends and research topics are preceded by a general view on developments in agriculture. Agricultural technology developments must always be seen as developments for agriculture, especially when introducing new assistance systems and communication technologies, the farmer must be more involved in certain development phases. A further section describes selected technological trends, which from our point of view will influence agricultural technology. The research areas can then be derived from these technologies. This workshop is intended to motivate you to think about visionary priorities in European research and to incorporate your ideas. In a joint workshop in November 2017, the results will be discussed with the EU Commission and topics for research calls will emerge again.
On behalf of MANUFUTURE AET
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Pickel